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Dec 24 2013

Rapist: I Found Jesus, Let Me Go

An Alabama man who admitted to raping a teenage girl served five years in prison, then was released to probation and mandatory counseling. But now he says that he’s found Jesus and is all better now, so he shouldn’t have to comply with the terms of his guilty plea.

A man who pleaded guilty to rape wants part of his plea agreement removed. The reason? Anthony Lawrence Ferrari says he’s formed a good relationship with Jesus. A judge sentenced Ferrari to 20 years in prison, but suspended 15 of those years. Ferrari served only five.

Ferrari is not upset with how much time he served. He no longer wants to do what he was told to do on probation.

Ferrari feels his relationship formed with God and the knowledge he’s gained through counseling, performed on his own, in prison and church changed his life. He no longer wants to do the treatment a judge ordered as part of a plea agreement…

“He took religious classes in prison. He also took classes regarding sex offender`s stuff,” said Attorney John Butler…

“He feels like he is cured. I guess that may not be the right term, but he feels like he is better at this point,” added Butler.

He admitted that he forced a teenage girl to have sex 2-3 times a week for a year. He should still be in prison. Five years is ridiculous to begin with. But he found Jesus, so it’s all better now. What’s the acronym for give me a fucking break?

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  1. 1
    richardelguru

    I’m confused—he wants to have sex with Jesus?

  2. 2
    colnago80

    Re richardelguru @ #1

    Maybe he’s a switch hitter.

  3. 3
    Artor

    I think anyone who tries to make this argument for clemency should automatically have their sentence doubled, as they are obviously psychopaths.

  4. 4
    markr1957

    Shouldn’t this be dealt with old school Christian style – execute him and let his god decide if he’s guilty or innocent?

  5. 5
    John Pieret

    Alabama, I think you have a problem:

    A judge who was ordered to resentence a man convicted of rape after initially imposing a penalty without prison time on Monday again gave the man no time behind bars. Judge James Woodroof of Limestone County Circuit Court suspended a prison term for Austin Clem, 25, and ordered him instead to spend five years on probation for assaults on a former neighbor beginning seven years ago when she was 13. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals had ordered the resentencing because prosecutors said the first sentence had violated state law. Mr. Clem initially was sentenced to spend two years with a community corrections program that lets defendants continue working and living at home, and three years on probation. The new sentence dropped the community program requirement and increased the probationary period.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/us/alabama-resentenced-rapist-again-avoids-prison.html?_r=0

    I guess that’s why Ferrari had to point out that he “is not upset with how much time he served.” Five years for multiple rapes of teenage girls is apparently considered harsh in Alabama.

  6. 6
    Doug Little

    He also took classes regarding sex offender`s stuff

    On this comment alone I think he needs a new lawyer.

  7. 7
    cptdoom

    For some reason what comes to mind is the old Cold War adage “trust, but verify.” After all the Jesus he mentions could just be the hot young Batista at his local Starbucks.

  8. 8
    Alverant

    Finding christianity does seem to be an easy way to get out of punishment. Didn’t Rmoney pardon someone after converting and that person then went on to commit murder? I’m sure the same thing won’t happen again. /snark

  9. 9
    anachronistes

    He needs to be told that Jesus would want him to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, IOW, you’re told to do the probation, Jesus wants you to do the probation. If Mr. Ferrari ( any relation to Vic Ferrari?) wants to object, he can have Jesus speak to the judge and explain.

  10. 10
    D. C. Sessions

    Didn’t Rmoney pardon someone after converting and that person then went on to commit murder?

    Mike Huckabee. Actually, he pardoned a whole bunch of the guys who did chores around the Governor’s mansion when they miraculously got religion; only one of them went on to murder a cop in Washington.

  11. 11
    eohippus

    He found Jesus so now he’s special. He shouldn’t have to be treated like everyone else, and he shouldn’t have to follow the roolz like everyone else. Special, privileged and delusional; sounds like he’s manic.

  12. 12
    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Doug Little:

    I thought exactly the same thing. Oy.

    ============================

    If he’s “all better” then it seems like he can generously help those strugglers in the treatment groups. Minister to them, like his idol. In fact, if he really thinks he’s ready to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, they can just triple his meetings per week so he has more chances to minister!

    What a win-win: he spends more time in the groups, the participants get to spend time with him, and the general public isn’t exposed to the serious risk he would otherwise pose of proselytizing.

  13. 13
    abear

    I wouldn’t trust this better because of Jesus stuff.
    Now on the other hand, if he was sufficiently repentant and embraced radical feminism …

  14. 14
    Marcus Ranum

    I thought the actual quote was “I found jesus and jesus found me a sucker.”

  15. 15
    Subtract Hominem, a product of Nauseam

    cptdoom @ 7

    After all the Jesus he mentions could just be the hot young Batista at his local Starbucks.

    I see what you did there.

  16. 16
    A Waterchapel

    Ed Brayton: “YMMV?” I mean, it’s not perfect, but ….

  17. 17
    howardhershey

    Gee. He found Jesus. Bet the judge has never heard that one before. Only in every criminal trial I (a grand total of three) I have observed or been a part of (juror). Must be part of the defense lawyer’s manual. I suspect most judges don’t even hear those claims without struggling to keep a straight face.

  18. 18
    Christoph Burschka

    “Sure I did all those murders, but I feel really bad about it so I shouldn’t have to go to jail.”

  19. 19
    DrewN

    If I recall correctly, isn’t the biblical punishment for rape to marry the victim after paying her father a bit of cash?

  20. 20
    throwaway

    He finds Jesus and wants clemency.

    What is the young woman supposed to find? What will finally give her clemency for her suffering? Is he not still guilty of the crime by earthly standards? If Jesus is his character witness, then fuck Jesus for not standing up for the little girl whose life he altered forever.

  21. 21
    cactuswren

    Well, reciting the proper magical incantation (“I accept the lord jesus christ as my personal savior”) is an automatic Get Out Of Hell Free card, why shouldn’t it get him out of jail too?

  22. 22
    fifthdentist

    @ Doug
    I’d say his lawyer did a fine time with no prison time for raping a girl, admittedly, more than 100 times. Unless that’s the typical sentence in Alabama for rape. That is if the rapist is white.
    I’d be curious what the average black guy serves in that state for ONE rape (especially where the victim is whit).

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